Parallels Access Mac

Guest blog by Manoj Dhanasekar, Parallels Support Team

Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition is the easiest and most powerful application to run Windows on Mac for developers, testers, and experienced power users. Specifically tailored for users who need the best performance and extended functionality for running non-Mac applications on Mac. Parallels Desktop® for Mac is the fastest, easiest, and most powerful application for running Windows® on a Mac®—without rebooting. Brought to you by the world-class developers of the #1-rated Mac virtualization software. Note: It is not recommended that existing Parallels Desktop® for Mac users move to Parallels Desktop App Store Edition.

Parallels Desktop® for Mac provides close integration between your Mac OS X and Windows virtual machines. You should have Parallels Tools installed in a virtual machine in order to take advantage of this integration and also make sure the Isolate Mac from Windows option is disabled in the Security pane of your VM configuration window.


Let me walk you through the list of sharing options available in Parallels Desktop, which are designed for sharing files, folders, etc.

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The Shared Profile tool shares your Mac desktop, pictures, documents, downloads, music and videos with your Windows VM so that you have access to all these files directly from the Windows side.

For example, with this option enabled, the VM’s desktop will display the icons present on the Mac OS X Desktop and your Windows home folder will be linked to your Mac home folder.

As long as these files are now shared, if you delete a Mac OS X file from the Windows desktop, it will be wiped out from both operating systems—so just be careful what you delete.

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Here is how to enable Shared Profile:

The SmartMount tool helps you set Parallels Desktop to automatically mount Mac storage devices and volumes to Windows so that you can access their contents from both operating systems.

SmartMount can be enabled with these three easy steps:

  • Open your VM window (but don’t start it yet).
  • Go to the VM configuration window Options tab Sharing.
  • Enable the SmartMount checkbox.

The Shared Applications tool helps you access Mac OS X applications from within Windows and vice versa.

With this option on, you can also specify default applications for certain file types, so you can open a file on Windows and another one on Mac OS X and forget about manually choosing the programs.

Here is how to enable Shared Applications:

You can alsoselect the default Internet browsers for different types of web pages, including those that are installed in the VM.

For example, you can set the web pages to open in your default Mac OS X Internet browser and FTP pages to open in your VM Internet browser:

We hope this blog helped you learn a little more about Parallels Desktop sharing tools. Don’t forget to follow the Parallels Support team on Twitter!

Apple’s “one more thing” event on November 10, 2020, revealed the first Mac computers powered by the Apple M1 chip.

Parallels is excited to see the performance, power efficiency, and virtualization features that are brought to the Mac with the Apple M1 chip. The transition to Mac with the M1 chip should be smooth for most Mac applications, thanks to Rosetta technology. Fortunately, Parallels Access™, Parallels® Toolbox, and Parallels® Client software worked smoothly as universal binaries even before Parallels rebuilt them. However, virtual machines are an exception and Parallels engineers proactively implemented native virtualization support for Mac computers with the M1 chip. This enables our users to enjoy the best Windows-on-Mac experience ever.

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Learn more about the new version in this blog post.

When Apple Silicon Mac was first announced during the keynote at WWDC on June 22 of this year, Apple demoed a Parallels Desktop for Mac prototype running a Linux virtual machine flawlessly on Apple Silicon. Since WWDC, the new version of Parallels Desktop, which runs on Mac with the Apple M1 chip, has made tremendous progress. We switched Parallels Desktop to universal binary and optimized its virtualization code; Apple M1 Mac computers and macOS Big Sur became available, and Microsoft announced and then introduced support for x86_64 applications in Windows on ARM Insider Preview.

As our customers know, Parallels cares deeply about the quality of our software products and the experience they provide. With macOS Big Sur and the new Mac with Apple M1 chip available, we continue to conduct more extensive evaluations, both in our lab and with your help via the Parallels Technical Preview Program. More than 100,000 M1 Mac users tested the Technical Preview of Parallels Desktop 16 for M1 Mac and ran Microsoft’s Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview, as well as tens of thousands of different Intel-based Windows applications—including Microsoft Office for Windows, Microsoft Visual Studio, SQL Server, Microsoft PowerBI, and MetaTrader.

We received enthusiastic feedback about the remarkable performance of both the Technical Preview of Parallels Desktop 16 for M1 Mac and Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview as well as x86 applications and the games inside it, including Rocket League, Among Us, Roblox, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Sam & Max Save the World, and many others. Testers loved Parallels Desktop’s easy to use features, and seamless integration of Windows and its applications with macOS Big Sur, which increased their productivity.

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On April 14th 2021, the new update for Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac was released and now features support for both Mac computers with Intel processor as well as Mac computers with Apple M1 chip.